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's speech designed to break ronald reagan's hold on america. along the way. is he trying to split, fracture and bust up the republican party so his democrats can recapture the house. we are going to look at that next up on kudlow. ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. heart-healthy, whole grain oats. music: "make someone happy" ♪it's so important to make someone happy.♪ it's so important to make someone happy.♪ ♪make just one someone happy ♪and you will be happy too. >>> welcome back. so, what was the political strategy behind the inaugural speech? along the way bust up the republican party so the democrats can retake the house. let's talk about this. political analyst, we have kevin madden and national review senior editor. ramesh, what do you make of that? is this the end of the era of reagan an big government on steroids? >> i can that is certainly the ambition of the president.
" this past weekend he did define himself as a republican. a guy that ronald reagan picked to be his chairman of his joint chiefs. colin powell, i know, has supported for the past two terms, has supported barack obama. i'm glad, though, the guy still considers himself a republican and i want to figure out how to get him back under the big tent because as i write in the column you're talking about that's the first thing reagan would have done. reagan would have looked at colin powell okay how can i get that guy on my team. we haven't been thinking that way lately. we both to think that way again. you know what? it's not about ideological tests at the end of the day it's about winning. that's what reagan understood. he didn't win 49 states by accident. >> we have to be the party of solutions. one of the things troubling me right now, look i disagree with barack obama's fiscal and economic policy. i have for four years and i reckon i'll disagree with it for a while longer. i'll tell you this. the guy goes out and gives this gun control, safety speech today. okay. you don't have to agree with eve
's wonderful. >> the problem is there's no ronald reagan, there's no bill clinton, there's nobody to talk. you know, the average person thinks that we suddenly had a revenue shortfall and that's why we're running a deficit. they have no idea that we've got tons of revenue but that spending is at a ridiculous level now. 25% of gdp. it needs to get down to 17% of gdp. nobody has explained this to the public properly or convincingly. >> aunder your favorite presidet the debt has gone from roughly 10 trillion to 16 trillion. we just had the treasury numbers out yesterday. in fact, in the last year it went up again 1.3 trillion. now, this leaves an opening for the republicans. but i don't think they're smart enough to take it. and i agree with costa. actually, the president, who is a very clever political guy, they're letting him get off because he doesn't want to cut 13e7bding. mark is right. except smash the defense department. the rest of it, the entitlements, the discretionary, the little entitlements, he doesn't want to touch them. >> i don't know. was there a question in there? >> i think som
to the crowd on the west front of the capitol, the west front being used since ronald reagan's first inauguration as the location of the inaugural services -- ceremonies i should say. mr. biden will be sworn in by justice sotomayor. >> and, tyler, what we have to think about when we watch joe biden walk down those steps, is this the cap stone of his career or not? is it going to continue? he ran for president twice on his own, unsuccessfully. barack obama selected him, by all accounts has been very satisfied with his performance. you hear some talk about joe biden running for president. i personally wouldn't expect it, but can't rule it out. jared, you worked for him. >> i personally wouldn't expect it either, but exactly what you said. you never want to rule these things out. i think politicians at that level think about being the president. it's just a natural thing. one thing i will say about vice president biden is, boy, is his stock riding high. he has been integral to so much during that first term. some of it you didn't see early on or you didn't see much of. marshaling the re
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